In Hamilton County, blue skies and fresh greens mean golf season is here again. Whether you’re a drive or a put away from Hamilton County’s near 200 holes, you can make a golf outing a getaway with stay-and-play packages. This year, the pickings are better than ever and rates start at just $180.
Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville tops most Midwestern golfer’s bucket lists. Spread across 218 acres, Purgatory is the longest par-72 course east of the Mississippi River. Purgatory plays a short 4,200 yards, or, for the more daring golfer, a 7,700 yard championship tee.
Golfers who play at Purgatory will find themselves in need of some serious refueling after-the-fact, but thankfully the Noblesville Courthouse Square is only a chip shot away. Rosie’s Place and Alexander’s on the Square are foolproof options for a hearty lunch or cold treat.
Two out of Hamilton County’s three Pete Dye golf courses are in the mix as well. The Fort, located at Fort Harrison State Park, offers a lush landscape of mature trees along the hilly course. Prairie View, in Dye’s hometown of Carmel, is Hamilton County’s most awarded golf course. Golfers will get a taste of Indiana history as they play amongst native prairie grass whispering in the wind.
After playing a winning round at Prairie View, golfer’s can explore Carmel’s many dining options for a meal before the next tee time. Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream and Matt the Miller's offer classic American fare, while Mudbugs Cajun Cafe and Pad Thai in the Arts and Design District are sure to satisfy more exotic palates.
The Brickyard Crossing offers an exclusively Indiana experience as well. Housed inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard has played host to many senior PGA championships over the years. Golfers can experience history within the Pete Dye-designed course following the 101st running of the Indy 500 this year.
Wood Wind, Bear Slide, Plum Creek and River Glen are other stay-and-play courses worth the drive. With the golf courses in Hamilton County, any combination of rounds are guaranteed to make the trip worth swinging by.